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Style# 74476

Defender-Flex Straight Pants

Average rating of 84%
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Purpose Built

The Defender-Flex pants has been developed for 5.11® end users who are looking for low-vis tactical without sacrificing performance at the firing range or comfort for everyday wear, and is crafted with a Cavalry Twill cotton/polyester blend, with just enough elastane for stretch.

    Features and Benefits

  • Comfortable, stylish, and tactical pant
  • Five pocket styling plus two rear hip pockets
  • Soft fade finish and enzyme washed fabric


  • Fitted waistband
  • Button top fly with locking YKK® zipper
  • 8.8 oz. stretch Cavalry twill (66% cotton / 31% poly / 3% elastane)
  • Dual back patch pockets
  • GSA/TAA compliant
  • Imported
Product Reviews

Ratings and Reviews

 4.2 average rating

(based on 15 reviews)

84 %

Nice pants, but too baggy

 Rated 3.0 stars

From Andres


I purchased a pair of the slims and a pair of straights. I found the slims to be a tad too slim and not very boot friendly. The straights were boot friendly but too baggy for my taste.

If only 5.11 could made a "goldy locks" pair aka slim-straights, I would buy one in each color :)

Pants rock. Front pockets not so much.

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Bababooey


I'm 5'9" and 155 pounds. Ordered 30 waist and 32 length. Fit like I expected. Like the material and the look. Well fitting and easy to move in. Love the rear pocket that sits just above and to the side of the main back pocket. Perfect for a knife or flashlight and since it sits more to the side, you don't end up sitting on whatever it is you have in them. Front pockets are poorly designed. They are wide and shallow. Not sure how you design such a nice pair of pants and then completely bomb on the front pockets. I carry an iphone 5s, which isn't large compared to newer phones, and when I sit it presses up into my hip. Not painful, just annoying. Not sure why they didn't just stick with the standard pocket they have on many of their other pants. Create a slightly narrower and deeper front pocket and these are a solid 5 stars. Unfortunately, 5.11 will more than likely not make any changes and I'll have to keep looking for the ever elusive perfect pair of pants.

Great fitting pants

 Rated 5.0 stars

From John


These pants fit perfect over boots. Comfortable waist band and the pants have nice stretch when bending down. I’ll be buying more.


 Rated 5.0 stars

From Liam


I find these pants extremely useful!! I am a "Grey Angel" (A First Responder, but not attached to an EMS unit, a person who was a Combat Medic, etc) its easy to put my kit in a place where I can get access to it! Gonna get a few more pairs!! Much better than wearing tactical pants! I look normal!!

Front pockets a bit to shallow

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Jim


I often used pocket carry for CCW. It would be better if the front pockets were a bit deeper, as they are really a bit too short for pocket carry of a small revolver or a small automatic. Other than that they should be good. Returning original pair to a third party, and exchanging, as pants fabric had some small holes in it???

Love these pants, except for the pockets

 Rated 4.0 stars

From Frank


Pants fit and feel great - very comfortable. Probably my new favorite pants The pockets are shallow though. Both the front and rear pockets could be deeper.

Bad Fit and Uncomfortable

 Rated 1.0 stars

From Steve


I'm not sure where all these rave reviews are coming from, but these are one of the worst pants ever. These are low-rise and tight. They're akin to skinny jeans without the tapered leg. If these are this tight, I'm guessing the slim fit version of these are even worse.

I'm 6'1 and weigh 190 lbs. My waist is a 33. I bought these in size 34x34 and the waist is slightly loose (not a problem there). However, it's low rise. I despise low rise anything. You feel like you have to constantly pull them up and there's not enough material.

The worst part is the fit of the thigh area. These are tight. Like I said, they fit like skinny jeans. I have no idea how anyone can put anything in these pockets, let alone ammo clips and other tools. I can't even fit my wallet or cell phone in these pants.

Extremely uncomfortable and tight. I also think these aren't a true 34 inch inseam. They don't break properly at the ankle area and seem to be a bit short.


 Rated 5.0 stars

From Timothy


Just got mine today! I will be getting more as these will be replacing all my pants. For future buyers, I’m 6’ 185lbs, and got 33x34 and they fit perfect. I've been using a t-rex sidecar holster with a G19 and the pants work great. I also will carry a S&W shield iwb at about 4:00, pants do great. My belt is a Snake Eater Tactical edc 1.5”.

I've tried Duluth flex fire hose, Kuhl renegade and revolver, carhartts, cinch, levi...5.11 defender is all I want now.

Amazing Versatile Comfortable Pants

 Rated 5.0 stars

From John


I have the Defender Flex bluejeans, and they are amazing, so I figured I would pick up a few pair of the Defender Flex Straight Pants in khaki. I finally got them shipped (5.11 is a little slow in this arena, but it’s all good) and wore them to work all day yesterday. I work mostly in an office setting now working computer crimes, so I carry strong side OWB Glock 23. The belt loop placement is perfect for this kind of carry for me, but you don't need to be an LEO to enjoy what these pants have to offer. These pants wear well, very light feeling, and move with your body very naturally. The waistband is also perfect for IWB, which is how I carry when I am commuting, but in the appendix position. I replaced the 5.11 “Covert Khaki 2.0” pants with these, and they easily pass for normal business casual pants. In fact, I had several people in my office comment on them and ask me to send them the link for these pants. I even ordered three more pair to round out my wardrobe. I have to say, 5.11 has really come a long way over the years, and these will be my new pants no matter what the situation calls for. Good job guys!

Great idea but....

 Rated 2.0 stars

From Jesse


Great idea of a low key stretch pant. But a few gripes. If you AIWB carry the front belt loops may to close for you. They were for me. The front pockets are not deep enough if you carry a phone like a Galaxy S7 edge or like iPhone plus in the front. My S7 would not go deep enough and would pinch me trying to sit down. Same with my pocket knife on the right side. Otherwise loved the idea of the extra pockets on the back. Pistol mag fit in there nice. Stretch was good. But had to return em due to the issues. Hopefully the pants get updated and fixed. I will buy em if so. Will have to go back to the stryke pants. 5.11 if you guys want a tester for future pants hit me up.


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